107 Stunning Japan Facts
1. In Japan, it is completely acceptable to name your child ?Buttocks? or ?Prostitute?!
2. In Japan, it is common to use mayonnaise on pancakes.
3. The United States ranks third in liking the United States, while Japan likes the U.S. the most, with Kenya a close second.
4. The highest jump by a pig is 70cm (27.5in), achieved by pot-bellied pig Kotetsu at the Mokumoku Tedsukuri Farm, Japan.
5. The US originally wanted to use exploding bats instead of the atomic bomb on Japan.
6. Live lobsters are sold in vending machines in Japan.
7. The average American produces 7.1 pounds of trash per day. The average Japanese? 2.5. #earthday
8. More than 50,000 people in Japan are over 100 years old.
9. The world’s oldest building is a Japanese hut built half a million years before the Great Pyramid.
10. In Japan, it is illegal to name your baby Akuma, which means "devil."
11. Two danish kids went on a backpack trip to japan with no plans, ended up stars in a Japanese tv-show.
12. Canada is the most educated country in the world, followed by Israel and Japan.
13. Japanese researchers have successfully developed a device that will be able to literally playback your dreams in video sequence.
14. A king penguin in Japan was rescued and nursed back to life. He refused to leave, and now lives with the family.
15. Watermelons can cost up to $100 in Japan.
16. The Speechjammer is a Japanese device that stops people mid-sentence when they are talking.
17. Japanese universities hold memorial services for animals that die in laboratory testing.
18. Japan has twice as many bank holidays as the UK, including ‘Greenery Day’ and ‘Respect for the Aged Day’.
19. Tama, the cat, is a manager of a train station in Japan.
20. Japan has a legend that Jesus did not die on the cross, but traded places with someone else and ran from the authorities to live in Japan.
21. Japan has a "Happy Monday System" in which public holidays are moved to Mondays, thus creating a 3-day weekend.
22. In Japan, napping at work is viewed as fatigue from working hard and it is completely acceptable, employees fake it to look committed.
23. In Japan they have horse meat, cactus, charcoal, and octopus flavored ice cream.
24. In Japan, Ronald McDonald is called Donald McDonald due to a lack of a clear "r" sound in Japanese.
25. The average U.S. farm has 467 acres; the average Japanese farm has 3 acres.
26. In Japan 1997, after an intense episode of Pokemon aired, over 500 children were rushed to the hospital with seizures.
27. Cow is a Japanese brand of shaving foam.
28. According to a poll, Japanese citizens don't find Americans particularly honest or hardworking.
29. If you commit suicide in Japan by jumping in front of a train, the family of the deceased will be charged a disruption fee.
30. In 1960, Japanese Socialist Party chairman Inejiro Asanuma was assassinated during a televised debate. With a Samurai sword.
31. In Japan, 20% of all publications sold are comic books.
32. In Japan, Ronald McDonald is called Donald McDonald due to a lack of a clear 'r' sound in Japanese.
33. A quarter of unmarried Japanese 30-year-olds are still virgins.
34. You can buy green tea and soy sauce flavored Kit Kat in Japan.
35. There are Cat CafÃ©s in Japan and Taiwan where people can pay hourly to play with cats and have drinks.
36. It is illegal to be fat in Japan; the maximum waistline size for anyone age 40 and older is 35.4 inches.
37. There is a Japanese urban legend about a spirit who haunts public bathrooms and will ask you if you want red or blue toilet paper.
38. It is illegal to be fat in Japan. Each male over 40-years-old must have a waistline smaller than 80cm and women, smaller than 90cm.
39. Japan is the safest country in the world.
40. The US and Japan have the worst average hours of sleep in the world.
41. There is a hotel in Japan that has been run by the same family for 46 generations and nearly 1,300 years.
42. The Japanese word tsundoku means buying books and not getting around to reading them.
43. Bradley Cooper begged his father to send him to Japan until he was 21, so he could train to become a ninja.
44. There are only four Japanese men, called "Takumi," that are allowed to assemble the engine and gearbox of the Nissan GT-R.
45. There are mass crying events in Japan called "rui-katsu" ("tear-seeking") where people can watch sad film clips and cry together.
46. George Washington is worshipped as a god by Japanese Shinto priests in Hawaii.
47. The Japanese passenger who survived the titanic crash was marked as a coward by his country for not dying with the other passengers.
48. In Japanese, there are at least 20 different ways to say "sorry."
49. In Japan never leave chopsticks vertically in your food- in a restaurant it is seen as cursing the owner.
50. In 1903 the Wright brothers flew for 59 seconds. 38 years later Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. 28 years after that, the US landed on the moon.
51. AKB48, Japan’s largest pop group, has 89 members.
52. A charity breast squeeze in Japan rewarded donations with the opportunity to squeeze a pair of breasts.
53. Japan has a network of roads that play music as you drive over them at the correct speed.
54. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Canada declared war on Japan before the U.S. did.
55. Streets in Japan do not have names.
56. Kit Kats are considered good luck in Japan.
57. ‘Meh’ is the sound that Japanese sheep make.
58. KFC Japan has created a fried chicken keyboard, mouse, and USB drive.
59. Karoke means "empty orchestra" in Japanese.
60. The Japanese liquor, Mam, uses venomous snakes as one of its main engredients.
61. The average Japanese farmer is 70 years old.
62. Only one dog was ever registered as a Japanese prisoner of war.
63. According to a Japanese poll in the year 2000, the Japanese believe that their best invention of the twentieth century was instant noodles.
64. The Yakuza operate openly in Japan: they have offices, make charitable donations, and even have large investments in mainstream companies.
65. Most Japanese people return lost items and take it very seriously.
66. In Japan, they have lactation bars offering human breast milk--$18 gets you a shot and $46 gets you the nipple.
67. In 1937, ukuleles were banned in Japan on the grounds that they ‘weakened young people’s will’.
68. Japan's low birth rates have caused about 5,800 public schools to close between 2002 and 2013, since there are not enough kids to fill them.
69. A popular street food in Japan is fried octopus balls.
70. In Japan, it is considered good manners to slurp, smack, chew, and burp while eating. The louder, the better.
71. There are giant hornets in Japan whose venom is so potent it can melt human flesh. *bzzz*
72. It is illegal to be overweight in Japan.
73. Japan has over 50,000 people that are over 100 years old.
74. October 1 marks the start of sake brewing season in Japan and is designated International Sake Day.
75. In Japan, you can buy octopus-flavoured ice cream.
76. Clam Chowder flavored Doritos are sold only in Japan.
77. In ancient Japan, warriors would smear toad grease all over their bodies with the belief it would make them puncture proof
78. In Japan you can find fresh eggs, crepes, batteries, umbrellas and even underwear in vending machines.
79. Japan voted Ramen noodles as their greatest 20th century invention â€“ PokÃ©mon was number 8.
80. Tempura was introduced to Japan by Portuguese missionaries in the 16th century.
81. In Japan, when someone gives you a business card, it is rude to put it in your pocket.
82. Taking pictures of other people without permission is illegal in Japan â€“ It IS legal to take pictures of people in public places in the US.
83. Japan has just 2 gun-related homicides per year.
84. People in Japan carry portable ashtrays to keep streets clean.
85. Japan lifted the ban on women working past 10 PM in 1999.
86. Japanese companies advertise on packs of tissues given out free at train stations, because the toilets there often don’t have loo paper.
87. A spa house in Japan is now offering Ramen noodle baths.
88. In Japan, tipping a server is seen as insulting.
89. At one point in history, there were leopards in Taiwan, hippos in Italy, and gazelles in Japan.
90. Emperor Hirohito’s final speech to the Japanese nation was the first time his subjects had ever heard his voice.
91. There is a Japanese "Gotta Go Briefcase" that contains a portable toilet for busy businesspeople.
92. In Japan only 2% of adoptions are of children: 98% are adult males aged 25 to 30.
93. Luigi (of the Mario Bros.) has a name that is based upon the Japanese word "Ruigi," which means "similar."
94. The number four is pronounced the same as the word death in Japan, thus the number is considered unlucky.
95. Watermelons can cost up to $100 in Japan!
96. In Japan, letting a sumo wrestler make your baby cry is considered good luck.
97. The Triforce from "Legend of Zelda" is modeled after the emblem of the HÅjÅ clan, a tremendously powerful family in 14th-century Japan.
98. Hawaii moves toward Japan 4 inches every year.
99. In Japan, they use more paper for comics than for toilet paper.
100. A common form of public apology in Japan is shaving one’s head.
101. To describe a situation when a girl looks good from the back but actually has butter face, Japanese use a term called Bakku-shan.
102. Japan gives Sumo wrestlers iPads, since cell phones are too small for the wrestlers to text message with.
103. In April 1971, the headmaster of a Japanese primary school found a new species of salamander in the school drains.
104. A American dentist secretly drilled "Remember Pearl Harbor" in morse code, into the dentures of captured Japanese prime minister Hideki Tojo
105. The Japanese population is so old that more adult diapers are sold each year than baby diapers.
106. The literacy rate in Japan is almost 100%.
107. In imperial Japan, high-born women peed standing-up so as not to crease their kimonos.
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